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Things You Should Know About Breast Augmentation Recovery Time

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By Jerome Edelstein, MD

When women choose to have breast augmentation surgery, one of their main concerns is often about the recovery time. Whether you are climbing the corporate latter, a busy mom, or involved in other activities such as sports, or volunteering for a charitable organization,  chances are you want to get back to your normal life as soon as possible.

While this is understandable, it’s very important that you listen to your surgeon’s advice when it comes to recovery time. This is the best way of ensuring that your body heals as quickly as possible. Here are a few things you need to know.

You will probably be allowed to go home the same day of the surgery.

For most women, this type of surgery involves very little complication and they will go home on the same day of the surgery. Your doctor will prescribe medication to help control any pain as well as prevent infection.

On the day of the surgery, arrange to have someone available who can drive you home, and make sure that you are comfortable.

You should plan to take at least five to seven days off work.

Even if you feel great after the surgery, your body needs time to recuperate. Plan to take at least a week off work.

While it isn’t necessary that you spend all your time in bed during this week, you should focus on getting plenty of rest and not putting too much stress on your body.

If your work involves a lot of physical activity, you may need to take a longer time off.

If your job involves sitting in front of a computer or standing in front of a classroom, one week is usually sufficient. But if your job involves more strenuous activities such as lifting, or moving around a lot, you should schedule a longer time off of work or ask your employer to reduce the amount of activity you will be required to do. If you have a physical job, we usually recommend two weeks off work.

Physical activity should be kept to a minimum of four to six weeks.

Following breast surgery, the body needs time to heal. Over the course of several weeks, the implants will settle and scar tissue will form around them. Too much physical activity during the first few weeks could cause potential complications such as bleeding or displacement. We usually recommend you stay out of the gym for three weeks.  From three to six weeks, you can return to the gym but avoid any upper body muscle work.

Every woman is different.

While you can use this article for guidelines on what to expect, it is important to remember that every woman’s body is different and will heal differently. For this reason, it is extremely important to have your follow-up check-ups with your surgeon so that he can monitor your progress.

In terms of recovery time, most women find the recovery process very tolerable and are getting back to their normal lives within a week and are able to resume all activities within six weeks. The important thing to remember about breast augmentation recovery is to pay attention to how your body feels and heed the advice of your doctor.

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